CHICAGO (CBS) — The Des Plaines priest who survived the fiery Aeromexico plane crash earlier this week is back in Chicago.
Father Esequiel Sanchez was one of more than 100 on board the flight that crashed in Mexico. All the passengers and crew members survived the incident.READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Trial: Defense Attorney Calls For Mistrial And Accuses Judge Of Lunging At Her; Judge Denies Claims And Motion
“It was terrorizing. It was horrible. We shouldn’t be here, but that’s why they call it a miracle,” said Sanchez.
With a fractured arm in a cast, Father Sanchez was greeted by his sister, brother and parishioners from the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Disturbance Brings Chance Of Rain-Snow Mix To Our North Overnight
Despite his broken limb, he and other passengers ran back to the burning plane to pull others from the wreckage and led them to safety.
“Any of a number of factors could’ve turned this far more tragically than what it was. At the end of the day it’s providence,” said Sanchez.MORE NEWS: View Live Radar
He headed to a hospital to be checked out by doctors. He’s looking forward to returning to his priestly duties but only after some much needed rest.